Mariners bowled over by fan throwing ball on discipline and grazing pitcher George Kirby


The fan, who was sporting a Mariners jersey, was shortly recognized by stadium officers and escorted out.

Seattle Mariners starter George Kirby pitches throughout Tuesday’s recreation. John Froschauer/AP Photograph

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle pitcher George Kirby may crack a joke about what occurred afterward. Within the second, it was simply confusion.

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There was an surprising second of anxiousness for Kirby and the Mariners within the sixth inning of their 6-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday evening after a foul ball hit into the stands behind the third base dugout was thrown again by a fan and grazed the pitcher.

Kirby was wanting towards residence plate and asking for a brand new ball from residence plate umpire David Rackley when the ball came to visit the protecting netting and brushed the entrance of his jersey in his midsection.

“It stunned the hell out of me. I assumed it was the umpire as a result of I had my hand up, requested for the ball. Thought he had threw it,” Kirby mentioned. “I imply, it was a formidable throw. I’ll give him that. However, you understand, what the heck?”

Seattle supervisor Scott Servais solely noticed it out of the nook of his eye and was immediately confused about what had taken place. The ball rolled over to first baseman Ty France, who threw it out of play.

“I’ve by no means seen it earlier than and definitely in our residence park,” Servais mentioned.

The fan, who was sporting a Mariners jersey, was shortly recognized by stadium officers and escorted out. Servais mentioned the data relayed to him was as a result of it was a foul ball hit by an Astros participant, the fan thought he ought to throw it again towards the sphere.

“The truth that he threw it at our beginning pitcher in perhaps essentially the most crucial recreation of the yr — attention-grabbing. However you understand, by no means a uninteresting second across the Mariners,” Servais mentioned.